Repurposing clothing, making your own curtains and pillows, repairing, altering, or quilting and fiber art doesn't require spending more than $85 for a basic pre-serviced vintage machine.
I have over 200 machines, mostly vintage. I repair or service any machine within it's mechanical functions. Which means, I'm not skilled with electronics or computer malfunctions. Summer is a great time to buy used machines, maybe it is the urge to clean and out goes unused machines, or in my case, I just want to play. Check out my machines for sale, the shops I work with and ask if you don't see it. And remember, once a customer, you'll always have my help and support with your purchase.
I have several machines in local shops. I want to encourage folks in the Shelton, WA area to visit "Sew Now Studio" on 321 First Street next door to Ritz Burgers in Shelton, WA and Olympia area folks to seek out "reFabulous" on Blk Lake Blvd, just a bobbin throw away from "Outback Steak House", "Black Bear Diner", and "Olive Garden" in West Olympia. Both teaching/ repairing/ tailoring shops have a wonderful display of machines, and both are owned by wonderful, creative and fun, sewing experts. Just stop by either place and look around! They both offer more than just learning-to-sew classes.
Scroll down and see some of the machines for sale at some of the shops that support me.
Sewing Machines for Sale (check out the page Sewing Machines for Sale, too)
I have well over 300 sewing machines; treadle, hand crank, lockstitch forward-only flatbeds (circa 1890 -1920), ones with the added reverse, machines from other countries (now they are all from other countries), zigzag, utility stitches, machines that take cams, and right up through the seventies where soon there wasn’t hardly any "all metal" domestic sewing machine being built. Like a lot of other fanciful tools, we went from... "not quite sure how this contraption works, but better than doing it by hand," to... "a revolution that changed America forever" and then to now, a... "bling-bling-for-a-few-months-plastic-disposable."
I'm saddened it has become acceptable to buy something, use it for a few months, or maybe a year or two, then throw it in the landfill. And yet, for years we built machines that have lasted 150, 300 years, even the light bulb at one time lasted for decades. We have become a nation of quantity, not quality, and our untethered greed has dumbed us down. Even education is about supply and demand. So this is more than an interest, it's a tiny revolution.
So why do I love fixing these wonderful humming machines?
I grew up helping my dad make something work, even if it was for only a few minutes. There we were; standing just outside a leaning barn, Dad holding a can of starter fluid.
He would stare at the engine, I would be behind the wheel watching for hand signals, both of us wondering if this cough was a start or its finish, as it sputtered, spewed black smoke, and heaved temporarily off its rotten motor mounts. Then as we held our breath, whether it was a little English Austin, a rain soaked Jeep, or a dream and scheme Dodge truck, a few coughs more and we'd have our start. Father and daughter eyes, frozen, listening to each cylinder fire (or not) would meet through the dusty, cracked windshield. We owned the victory together... and if it stayed running, life was good.
Even if it was for just a few minutes.
I'm reminded of those wonderful times on the farm with my dad - when I find a seized up machine. Especially those I'm convinced is a masterpiece of sewing engineering. I believe I can bring it back to life. And I guess, because an old sewing machine is less complicated than an old car, one restoration has led to another, and another, and... well you can guess.
Choose the "Sewing Machines for Sale" page and see what I’ve posted this month!
Here are photos from reFabulous:
What a beautiful New Home! That is the bobbin winder at the top to the right. A heavy zigzag capable machine. This would be best in a cabinet, big or small. It's really in beautiful shape. I have a few of these types and I'd love to help someone have a good heavy life-time machine. Remind me this one is on sale on my webpage for $65!
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